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About the Show
She is a jazz/pop vocalist and Broadway star. He is a multi-award winning songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Together, Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen are breaking new ground in with a mix of smart, pitch-perfect-to-the-moment songs from their four recent albums, including their latest disc “PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs.” Whether the words are by African-American icons such as Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes or Rosen, the music offers a unique and thrilling blend of jazz, blues, soul, folk and pop styles. These are songs that trace the broader patterns of life – love, politics, loss, family, choices, memory and the passage of time. Capathia and Louis are hot, cool and irresistible.
Jenkins starred on Broadway in Newsies’, The Civil War, The Look of Love, Caroline, or Change and in Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me. The recording of Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs marks the completion of the recording of Rosen’s Black Loom Trilogy, three song cycles composed for Jenkins on the poems of three major African-American writers. Rosen also has three solo recordings and has scored 30 theatrical productions on and off Broadway. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition.
About Capathia Jenkins
Capathia Jenkins can definitely act, but all those who know her also know that this diva can blow and blow and blow you right off this planet.
This Brooklyn-born and raised actress most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.
In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She was a soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. In 2011 Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. Ms. Jenkins was a guest soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and with the Cincinnati Pops.
Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the 2012 film ‘Musical Chairs’ directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2.
“What is so memorable about this pairing is how unselfconscious and confident both are, Rosen as composer and songsmith, Jenkins his joyous, hand-in-glove interpreter…. I’ve never been so seduced by music completely new to me yet as embraceable as any from the classic American songbook.”
— BLOOMBERG NEWS